Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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Special Educational Needs and Disability support in schools - House of Commons, 20 March 2019

Councils are particularly concerned about the proposed changes to high needs funding which will reduce council and school flexibility to make additional funding available where there are rising demand pressures for SEND support.

Debate on e-petition relating to school funding, House of Commons, 4 March 2019

"We remain concerned that the introduction of the NFF, combined with changes to High Needs Funding, will exacerbate existing shortfalls in funding to support children and young people with SEND."

Costs and benefits of free childcare, House of Commons, 19 February 2019

As providers seek to offer children spaces within the current funding constraints, there is a risk to provision for disadvantaged two-year-old children and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), for whom provision is more expensive.

House of Commons Debate: Special educational needs and disabilities funding, 12 February 2019

The average annual cost to a council of a special needs placement in 2017/18, was £6,000 per pupil per year in a mainstream school, compared with £23,000 per pupil per year in a maintained special school, and £40,000 per pupil per year in an independent or non-maintained special school.

Support for young carers, House of Commons, 12 February 2019

The ability of councils to provide the support needed to all carers, is undermined by the funding to councils and the impact on social care budgets, coupled with increasing demands and increasing costs. We are calling on the Government to use the upcoming Spending Review to fund the £3.1 billion shortfall facing children’s services by 2024/25.

LGA Briefing: Sustainability of maintained nursery schools, House of Commons, 31 January 2019

We are calling on the Government to extend the supplementary funding for MNS into 2020/21 to provide certainty to providers while a sustainable solution is found as part of the Spending Review.

General Debate on Children's Social Care in England - House of Commons, 17 January 2019

Children should be supported to get the best, not just to get by. It is however increasingly challenging to turn this ambition into a reality when the financial pressures are forcing an increasing number of councils to make difficult decisions about the allocation of limited resources.

LGA Briefing, Challenges facing young people, House of Lords, 13 December 2018

Local government has a central role to play in tackling a number of issues facing young people, and supporting them to live the lives they want to lead.

Future of free schools and academies in England, House of Commons, 5 December 2018

We remain concerned that the introduction of the National Funding Formula, combined with changes to High Needs Funding, will exacerbate existing shortfalls in funding to support children and young people with SEND.

House of Lords Debate: Impact on schools funding, 29 November 2018

Data shows that council-maintained schools receive better Ofsted ratings, and improve more quickly, than academy schools.

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